The Healthy Families Lab is a clinical health psychology laboratory located at the University of Calgary under the direction of Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen. The main research goal of our laboratory is to better understand health trajectories in vulnerable populations and how to improve health outcomes in these groups.


Infant and Child Sleep

We are investigating predictors and consequences of poor infant and child sleep both in typically developing populations and in children experiencing illness (e.g., pediatric cancer, TBI). 


Maternal and Paternal Health

We are interested in better understanding how maternal adversity, psychological distress, and insomnia is associated with infant and child health problems.



Our lab also tests interventions such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to reduce maternal stress, anxiety, and insomnia and reduce postpartum mood problems. Treatment preferences for postpartum depression in fathers are also investigated.


In a spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live and work within the traditional territories of the peoples of Treaty 7, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy, comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations, the Tsuut’ina First Nation, the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations, and Region III of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Calgary, the place where the Bow meets the Elbow River, is also known by the traditional Blackfoot name of Moh’kíns’tsis.